Life & Style | Summer 2021

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l i fe & st yle Summer 2021

At home

Scandi outdoor room & garden ideas Discover your home’s staycation look

Seasonal style

Be inspired by the coast Create a calm, reflective scheme Freshen up with green

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Soft furnishings Garden furniture Outdoor living Kitchenware Tableware


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Welcome Ah summer… it feels as if you’ve taken your time to arrive this year, but we are so grateful to see you. As we begin to get a little more normality and freedom back, we still need to cherish and love our homes – and being able to spill outdoors into our gardens, sharing moments with loved ones and enjoying the peace being outside offers, feels so amazing. I, for one, will be appreciating and living life to the full this summer. In my own garden, it’s so lovely to see the things I planted with hope last spring coming to fruition. If you need inspiration, read our chat with Annika Zetterman on Nordic gardens, before browsing our outdoor furniture and finishing touches. I’m also so excited to share our three new collections – Coastal Healing, Reflective Calm and Living Spaces – with furniture made in the UK at the heart of each. I know you’ll love them as much as we do. Sandie x

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KITCHEN FINDS

Find style inspiration in the soothing influence of the sea with our new collection

Keep the look beautiful yet practical with Scandi-style tableware and serveware

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Fall for simple Scandi summerhouse style – and bring it home

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ADD STYLE TO WA L L S

Embrace those blank spaces around your home and get creative with displays

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C U R AT E YO U R HOME & STYLE

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NEW PLEASURES

Discover the past-times that became coping mechanisms during the Pandemic

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L I V I N G S PA C E S

Bring in the colours of nature into your dining room with our new furniture collection

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Take a tour with Ali Heath

POT LUCK

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Give your green-leafy friends the home they deserve with our planters and pots

REFLECTIVE CALM

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RELAX WITH A V I N TA G E V I B E

Be inspired by summers past with our timeless pieces

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ANNIKA ZETTERMAN

Learn what makes a new Nordic garden

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G AT H E R A RO U N D A FIREPIT

Fire up and cook delicious recipes on a firepit

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OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Make the most of your garden with furniture

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SUMMER NOTES

Try some of our seasonal ideas for life at home

Discover our new soothing coral and grey collection

L I F E & S T Y L E Founder Sandie Wallman Editor Jennifer Morgan Design Considered Creative Co. Product images: Copyright ©2020 Nordic House Ltd. Unsplash: Cover Anelya Okapova,, page 4 Maarten van den Heuvel, page 12 Britt Gaiser, page 16 Mario Klassen, page 30 Sage Friedman, page 42-49 Elcarito, Erik Dungan, Jan Romer, Aliis Sinisalu, Fabiola Penalba, Jack Anstey, Jan Romero, Joppe-spaa, Monika Grabkowska, Natalie Grainger, Olia Gozha, Romain Huneau, Theme Photos, Wioleta Zakrzewska, page 50 Daiga Ellaby, page 67 Hannah Olinger, page 84 Joshua Newton, page 96 Adriel Kloppenburg

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C OA STA L H E A L I NG

Find inspiration in the soothing influence of the sea. Coastal Healing is the first of three new collections at Nordic House. We know you’ll love its timeless blue and ivory palette, whitewashed woods and natural materials – it’s relaxed Nordic style at its most simple.



Sundby Armchair in Coastal Ivory | £875 Sundby Lamp/Side Table | £475


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The inspiration…

Imagine a Scandi summerhouse by the coast, where the pace is relaxed and the living is easy. Our Coastal Healing collection embraces the power of the sea alongside its more soothing, reassuring properties. The stronger blues remind us of the depth of the sea – that intense colour that you can almost ‘fall’ into, while the washed wooden furniture frames and tables suggest a more gentle washing of waves, weathering wood over time. It’s a great look to build on through the seasons. Display beach treasures which you’ve gathered during the summer months next to lit candles and lanterns, ready to add a cosy mood come autumn.

“Taking its lead from Danish design, our Sundby sofa comes in two sizes and four fabrics, all woven in the UK”

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STRIPE SELECTION Dress your sofa with mix and match cushions in stripes and plains from our new Coastal Healing collection

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Scatter Cushions – Coastal Healing | from £40 Sundby Sofa in Coastal Stripe | from £1,250 Sundby Coffee Table | £595


Sundby Sofa in Coastal Stripe | from £1,250 Sundby Footstool in Brushed Blue | from £350


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“Pick our Brushed Blue fabric for our Sundby footstool adding a hit of coastal blue to your living room”

GET THE LOOK MIX STRIPES

Our Coastal Healing collection has two stripes that love nestling together – the wider, simpler Coastal Ivory Stripe and the bolder Coastal Stripe. Choose upholstery or scatter cushions, available in two sizes. LET WOOD SHINE

Pale and interesting, the hardwood frames of our Sundby furniture deserve to be on show. The attention to detail is simply stunning, with criss-cross supports and gorgeously tactile rounded corners. KEEP IT NATURAL

Complete the look with our new collection of jute rugs. Play with shape, choosing round or rectangular. They are perfect for bringing several pieces of upholstery together.

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MAKE THIS SUMMER A SCANDI-INSPIRED S T AY C A T I O N Bring a Scandinavian summer home, with relaxed living, endless days and enough memory-making to last a lifetime


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“Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from a summer on the Stockholm archipelago” - BJORN ULVAEUS

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o many of us dream of spending the summer months in Scandinavia: moving into a summerhouse (perhaps on the beach or surrounded by nature), spending lazy days exploring, resting and playing with loved ones. While it’s not possible to book ourselves into such a place this year, we can easily bring touches of Scandi summerhouse style into our own homes as we prepare for the big summer staycation.

dressings are kept simple, allowing as much natural light to fill each room as possible. Texture is also key to a summerhouse look – baskets are filled with throws for cooler nights, jute and cotton rugs add interest to painted floorboards, while lightweight furniture is moved from inside to out, and back again. When it comes to outside spaces, the terrace (or deck) is the place to hang out, with rugs, throws, cushions and lanterns adding layers of Scandi style and comfort to garden furniture. Any gaps are filled with planters, boosting that all-important connection to nature.

Scandi summerhouses have such a lovely, inviting feel – they are often years in the making and passed down through generations. Furniture is loved, linens washed, and accessories, tableware and glassware curated over time. The light is so important too – after months of darkness, window

Start with these ideas and create your own Scandi staycation space.

Earth Stone Compact Sofa | £1,125

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SUMMERHOUSE STYLING GO BACK TO BASICS

Keep everyday pieces simple – that way you can easily add to your home’s Scandi summer look. ADD SUBTLE COLOUR

Need to work in an accent? Try choosing sea blue or rose pink glassware, linens and soft furnishings. STORE AND GRAB

Baskets and trays are perfect for keeping clutter at bay and allow you to take essentials straight to the table.

Striped Linen Beach Towel | £49.50 Blue Breeze Glassware | from £39 Industrial Zinc Console | £795

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AT HOME

Add style to walls Embrace the possibilities of blank spaces and create displays that not only complete your home but reflect you too Indoor/Outdoor Rusty Window Mirror | £275 Industrial Metal Hook Rail | £25


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Large Retro Metal Wall Sign | £65


Skive Round Wall Mirror | from £180



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“Our window mirrors are perfect for creating understated style, framing sections of a room and reflecting these back at you”

STYLING IDEAS Looking for ways to create Scandi-inspired displays? Try our favourite style secrets from our photoshoots… ADD LAYERS

Great displays need layers. Don’t just hang (or lean) a mirror above a shelf and walk away, introduce depth with a few decorative pieces placed in front like candles, vases and lanterns. DISPLAY THE UNEXPECTED

Don’t go for the obvious – hang up baskets for a texture boost, keep spa essentials on show or play with shape, mixing round and square frames. BRING IN FOLIAGE

Become a collector of twigs, foliage and seedheads and work into your displays. They will bring the outdoors in while softening any hard edges of mirrors and frames.

Extra Large Window Mirror in Antique White | £350 Seagrass & Jute Baskets, set of two | £39.95

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Curat e YOUR HOM E & ST Y L E A L I H E AT H

Looking to boost your own home’s story? Then join interiors writer and stylist Ali Heath and stylist and decorator Lynda Gardener for their inspirational new book. Ali shares more… Tell us about the story of CURATE, your beautiful new book… I developed and pitched the concept last spring, and spent the first lockdown writing the book. It has been a wonderful collaborative process with Australian stylist and boutique hotelier, Lynda Gardener, who styled the interior shots in her trademark way; and Australian photographer, Marnie Hawson, who worked her magic behind the camera. The book showcases a shared love of a monochrome aesthetic and natural imperfections. At the heart of CURATE is home, the one place that tells your own story, and where I think you should always be your most authentic. I break down the

elements that bring a space to life; followed by 10 uncontrived homes that reflect personal life stories (including our own) and the slow curation of treasured finds, to show the style in practice. How did you meet Lynda and Marnie? Lynda, Marnie and I have been working together on UK and international press features for over two years now – it all began with a chance call! How can we build our own authentic homes? Choose only things you love. Home is a feeling, not a place, with pieces that should trigger an emotional connection. It is never about the size or value. 25


ALI’S HOME Natural textures abound in Ali’s living room, with antique linen and velvet upholstery, and handmade cushions in vintage monogrammed linen and antique striped hemp. The French decorative mirror juxtaposes with a Danish mid-century table by Poul Kjærholm and abundant ceramics

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“Be true to , have a dream, and own your story. Home is an individual journey that will keep evolving”

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DESIGNED BY LYNDA The Estate near Melbourne, owned by Lynda, is home to a three-bedroom cottage, Here, Lynda has combined natural finishes with simple, textural fabrics, sheepskin rugs and throws. In The Room (right), which is Lynda’s home in Fitzroy, Melbourne, she’s used oversized finds to punctuate the small floor plan


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How has your love for interior styling helped curate your own home? Are you always ‘restyling’ spaces? I have a magpie eye and am always drawn to authentic pieces: a mix of antique, vintage, newer finds and always the handcrafted. The layers have been collected over a lifetime and evolved slowly – so it has a timeless feel that is easy to change up. Living with natural materials and a monochrome palette definitely makes decisions easier. Nothing sits still for long!

How can I mix old and new in my own home? Try not to over think it: choose pieces that resonate with you and a palette that makes you feel good. The juxtaposition of old and new, contemporary and classic, high street and handcrafted, creates a high/ low tension that adds the individual edge. Any final words of wisdom? Be true to your style, have a dream, and own your story. Home is an individual journey that will keep evolving, so enjoy.

READ THE BOOK

Do you take your work home with you? I learnt a long time ago to not think about home and work as separate entities. They intertwine and spark off each other, so for me, it is simply about living a creative life.

Curate: Inspiration for an Individual Home by Lynda Gardener & Ali Heath, photography Marnie Hawson (Mitchell Beazley, £30)

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REFLECTIVE CALM

REFLECTIVE Take a moment to pause, embracing all that is around you. Our second new collection, Reflective Calm, encourages us to unwind and find joy at home. The soothing coral and grey palette provides the perfect backdrop to those natural textures we all love, with seagrass, jute and wood the perfect finishing touches.


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WARM TOUCHES Pick similar tones, combining with natural wood and our Reflective Calm fabrics – a weave, boucle and herringbone

The inspiration… Cosy days at home, spaces that felt welcoming and homely, encapsulating hygge… our moodboard for our new Reflective Calm collection featured soft shapes and warm tones. We’ve worked closely with our UK upholstery team to design our new Klara range – it’s just made for such times. Even the colours we’ve chosen – a coral and soft grey – feel gentle, unassuming yet comforting. Our Klara sofa is made for snuggling – and there’s a choice of size, from snuggler to three-seater. It has a lovely deep seat and pared back wooden legs. Team with our new Klara footstool (don’t you just love those buttons?) and armchair, to make your living room a pocket of calm and your new favourite place to just sit and ‘be’. 32


Myla Wooden Plate | £30 Mini Wooden Bowls, set of three | £29.95 Scatter Cushions – Reflective Calm | from £40 Klara Two Seat Sofa in Coral Blush Boucle | £2,650


Klara Footstool in Herringbone Wheat | £450 Klara Armchair in Coral Blush | £1,095 Klara Two Seat Sofa in Coral Blush Boucle | £2,650

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WELL SEATED Make a statement with our new Klara armchair – it’s sleek yet super-comfy

GET THE LOOK GO FOR A FOOTSTOOL

Swap your coffee table for our Klara footstool – it’s low enough to perch on, creating a social space near your sofa where you can sit and chat. It’s available in all three of our Reflective Calm fabrics. BRING IN WHITE

Keep the look fresh by using pops of white almost as an accent colour. Try our Dala Horses or shapely vases, adding interest to shelving. WORK IN WOOD

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Kitchen finds

Kit out your kitchen with our beautiful yet practical pieces – from mealtimes to food prep, they’ll add relaxed Scandi style Parla Plates | from £13 Parla Pasta Bowl | £14


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Embrace Nordic living in your kitchen with our collection of practical and beautiful pieces. Whether you are entertaining friends or enjoying a lunchtime snack for one, why not make a meal of how you present your food? Our new Parla tableware, with its beaded edging, is crafted from ceramic and finished with the merest whisper of grey. It’s perfect for mixing with existing white tableware and can easily be dressed up with crisp tablelinens. It’s also dishwasher and microwave safe. Acacia is a great choice for boards – it’s sustainable with an oiled finish. This richly grained wood lends rustic charm to any kitchen. This summer, we’ve gone mini, with the most delightful little boards for serving light bites on. Don’t miss our new stoneware and ceramic serveware additions either – they are too lovely to be hidden away in the cupboard. We’re thinking you may need a bigger kitchen… WOODEN HEART Serve up a smorgasbord of summery delights on our wooden boards and plates

Oiled Acacia Serving Boards | from £25 Myla Wooden Plate | £30 Mini Boards, set of four | £16.50

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“Beauty and utility go hand-in-hand with our natural stoneware collection”

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Stoneware Baking Dishes | from £20 Retro mixing bowl | £19.50 Stoneware Egg Holder | £27.50 White Ceramic Pitcher | £32


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New pleasures Simple things – like escaping with a good book, swimming or baking bread – became part of our survival mechanisms during lockdown, but we aren’t giving them up easily as we head towards normal…

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DIVE IN Wild swimmers found sanctuary swimming in natural spaces, such as rivers, lakes or the sea

Wild swimming Kay Prestney first remembers her first wild swim; it was in a lake in France with her mum when she was young. Nowadays, you’ll find her swimming in her local estuary in Essex with the Manningtree Mermaids. “I love wild swimming,” she shares, “there is something so incredibly freeing about being part of such a natural environment. The cold water forces you to focus on the moment, which stops my creative brain from fizzing

for a while.” Kay, who works as a stylist and interior designer (@kinship_creativedc) is not alone; it’s a hobby that’s soared in popularity during the Pandemic. The Outdoor Swimming Society, a great source of information, including safety tips on dealing with the cold, even organises a charity event on Midsummer, called the ‘Longest Swim on The Longest Day’. Kay adds: “I’d encourage anyone to take the plunge!’

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Bread making “I honestly think I have lived through one of the busiest – if not the busiest – periods of my life,” admits Louise Hurst, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer (@nordickitchenstories). During lockdown, Louise baked on a small scale for neighbours and those having to self isolate. “But interest in making sourdough at home was also growing exponentially, so I made a few tutorials and IGTV videos to help people get started on their own bread-making journeys.” Little did Louise know that she would become part of the soughdough story of the Pandemic. “I’ve been sent photos of loaves baked using my method during lockdowns from Surrey to Mexico! The excitement when people shared their first loaves was remarkable and a very welcome distraction.”

“It’s been incredible – and a source of great joy – to help people make great, wholesome, healthy bread”

BAKE OFF Around the world, people embraced home baking during lockdowns, particularly sourdough bread

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POLES TO THE READY “If you can walk, you can Nordic walk,” says British Nordic Walking

Nordic walking

“Nordic walking has really helped my health through the Pandemic”

Nordic walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses poles to work your upper body as well as your legs, giving a highly effective all-over workout that doesn’t feel like one. You’ll need specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. It’s a similar technique to that of classic cross-country skiing. Melanie Taylor has been Nordic walking for a year-and-a-half, having joined on the advice of a physio to help with her osteoarthritis. “Nordic walking has really helped my health through the Pandemic,” she shares. After members of her group encouraged her to become an instructor, Melanie has recently passed her BNW Instructor’s Course. Find out more at britishnordicwalking.org.uk. 46


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Nordic noir way societal issues are explored and how it finally leads us out of the darkness back safety,” says Jacky Collins, creator and director of the Newcastle Noir International Crime Fiction Festival (#NewcastleNoir and #DrNoir). “My favourite Nordic Noir reads during lockdown have all been from Iceland: Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Betrayal, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir’s The Creak on the Stairs and Sólveig Pálsdóttir’s Silenced.”

For crime fiction fans, Nordic noir represents the most bleak, often centring on shockingly violent crimes. It’s fast becoming our go-to for escapism. And of course, it’s extended to our screens, with The Killing, The Bridge, Trapped and Bordertown all capturing our attention during lockdown. “We love Nordic Noir because of the dark settings where evil lurks, the determined investigators, the

“If I had to choose one, I would go for Betrayal. It was the perfect novel to escape those lockdown blues”

DARK TALES Gripping, dark and set in bleak landscapes, Nordic Noir literature has also extended to our TV screens

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“Yoga gives us the space to tune out from the busyness of the external world”

Yoga For yoga teacher Nikki Timney (monayoga.co.uk), the past year has seen her teaching move from halls and retreats to online, and even outdoors on the beach at Worthing, West Sussex, where she lives. “Yoga has always been something I look to as a stress management tool, but over the past year it has become even more important,” she shares. “Yoga gives us the space to tune out from the busyness of the external world and teaches us how to find calmness and inner peace, both on and off the yoga mat,” says Nikki. “The great thing about establishing a yoga space in your own home is that unlike in a public studio, you have complete authority over the set-up,’ says Nikki. ‘Things like music, candles and lighting are all within your control.”

INNER CALM Yoga classes moved outdoors – as well as into our own living rooms

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ART ATTACK Many of us rediscovered the joy of painting, kitting out home studios

Painting “Art is always a journey, always an exploration, and I guess, a bit of adventure,” says artist Helen Stone (helenstoneart.com). “I was so lucky to have that when everything else around me suddenly fell through at the start of lockdown.” Sales of art kit soared during the past year. “Artists are known for being resourceful and resilient – it goes with the territory,” Helen shares. “As I’ve got older, my perspective has changed

and I find I’m less swayed by the goings on around me and more tuned in to what I’d call the ‘undercurrents of life’. Art and painting and being in the flow take you somewhere else entirely.” Whether you choose watercolours, pastels or oils – or something more contemporary like collage – art gives us a wonderful connection to nature, and a way of capturing the beauty on our doorsteps.

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L I V I NG S PAC E S

Embrace the beauty of the natural world in the third of our new collections. Fresh and vibrant yet delicate, the green and neutral palette of Living Spaces creates a warm and welcoming dining space, especially when mixed with natural textures.



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The inspiration…

We’ve spent so much time in nature recently, with walks from home the source of much pleasure. Our muse for our Living Spaces collection comes from all that surrounds us – nature’s wonderful palette of greens, which varies from fresh apple to soft sage, teamed with our texture-rich countryside. It’s finding beauty in the most simple of things. Take our Living Spaces pieces into your dining room, where Danishinspired upholstery from our Sundby range, glossy green ceramics and rustic accessories combine for a slow-paced gathering with friends.


Fresh Green tableware | from £14 for a cereal bowl


Sundby High Back Bench in Sage Stripe | £1,650 Sundby Long Bench in Sage Block | from £550 Sundby Dining Table | from £850


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“Our mid-century inspired bench from our Living Spaces collection is a sleek and sturdy solution” GET THE LOOK KEEP SEATING FLEXIBLE

Our Living Spaces Sundby pieces have been designed to reflect the way we live today. Discover our benches that suit hallways and living spaces as much as dining tables (and they can even be made to fit your space). MIX FINISHES

Team glossy green tableware with natural finishes, like our Myla wooden plates – it’s about bringing nature to your table in creative ways. ALLOW GRAIN TO SHINE

The white-washed finish we’ve given to our Sundby furniture gives a lighter, more Scandi look. It’s a great choice for mixing with existing wooden pieces that vary in tone.

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Fresh Green cereal bowl | £14 Sundby Long Bench in Sage Block | from £550


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Pot luck Plants provide us with such a sense of wellbeing, both indoors and out. Give yours the attention they deserve with a stylish new home Outdoor Copper Metal Planter | £100 Mini Wall Vases | £16 each



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Devise a miniature ecosystem under glass with a terrarium

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Our homes and gardens have been bursting into life over recent years – quite literally – as we look to new and smart ways to show off our reignited love of plants. From hanging pots to terrariums, water feature planters to pot stands, the container you use is now as much of a style statement as the plant itself. Look for interesting finishes, with copper, matt ceramic and graniteeffects featuring in our pot and planter collection. Experiment with height too, suspending our hanging planter from the ceiling or adding interest to an otherwise dull corner with our planter and stand set. Of course, looking after your plant collection isn’t just about choosing a stylish pot – read up on watering, making a note of how much and how often. If you need a reminder, then why not join in with #wateringwednesday on Instagram, tagging @nordichouse with your purchase too? We’d love to see…

GREEN FINGERS Plant up succulents and leafy ferns and hang in a corner of your living room

Urban Terrarium | £159 White Hanging Planter | £30

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“Elevate your favourite houseplant with our on-trend stoneware planter”

White Planter and Stand Set | £45 White Ombre Baskets | from £35


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Plant up this water feature design with a fragrant lavender


Water Feature Planter | £475 Zinc Tubs, set of three | £89


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Relax with a vintage vibe Be inspired by summers past and give your home a lovely timeless feel that’s special yet carefree. Think Scandi summerhouse style, with practical tableware, lots of glassware, lovely linens and enamelled pieces. Pop on something suitably summery to wear and walk barefoot through the grass, drinking in all that a summer at home has to offer.



Retro Enamel Vase | £20 Vita Glass Tumblers, set of two | £18 Stoneware Colander | £32


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FRESH STYLE Shop for crisp white enamelware, sparkling glass and stoneware pieces with a lovely artisan feel

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RELAXED PIECES Keep the look practical and beautiful, with timeless cutlery, wirework and edged tableware

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Inheritance Cutlery | from £8 Metal Utility Basket | £25 Parla Cake Stand | £42 Glass Dome | £39.95


Recycled Glass Drinks Dispenser | £22 Mini Hanging Bottle Vases, set of six | £15 Seagrass Tray Basket | £40


SIMPLE PLEASURES Enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade, gathering flowers for pretty displays and snacking on fresh fruit


PRETTY SCENE Add touches of faded colour with wild flowers displayed in baskets and glassware with a hint of rose


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Timeless charm

“Recreate your own Scandi summerhouse with everyday essentials that have a lovely vintage influence, like our Parla collection”

Scandi summerhouses often have a lovely ‘inherited’ feel, with pieces that look as if they have been passed down through generations. It’s not uncommon to find piles of beautiful tableware, stacks of lovely linen and clusters of glistening glassware on open shelving, ready for family gatherings. But it’s not all about old or preloved pieces – you can get the look with new too. Choose buys you love and you’ll soon have a collection of your own family favourites. Look for timeless touches like a beaded edge on tableware, ribbed or coloured glasses or goodquality linen napkins that will just get better with age. This is a look that you can add to, taking your time and finding pleasure in building your own vintage Scandi style.

Large Seagrass Tote Bag | £52 Rose Tinted Glass Tumblers, set of two | £13

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S C A N DI Annika Zetterman PEOPL E Garden designer and author Annika Zetterman believes that our gardens should help us, our wildlife and our wider environment thrive, as she shares…

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wedish garden designer Annika Zetterman says gardens can be “breathtakingly beautiful and exciting, constantly changing character and displaying endless colour and life – if you let them.” In her book New Nordic Gardens: Scandinavian Landscape Design, she shows how you can take the basic design elements of a Scandinavian garden and apply to your space, wherever you live. What makes a New Nordic garden? Scandinavian gardens have rapidly changed over the past few years. ‘New Nordic gardens’ are created in harmony with both our design ethos and our landscapes. Today’s gardens show strength and thought through design expressions while respecting our Scandinavian heritage. Gardens are so much more than an extension of a home; they are spaces we like to use to their full potential and where we spend a lot of time in. What are the basic design principles of a Scandinavian garden? We marry functionally and sustainability with grace. Things created in the Nordics – and in particular for outdoor spaces – have to last. Great gardens require skilled craftsmanship. The very concept of simplicity involves precise accurate solutions, not compromising on execution or material, or taking short cuts. We have utmost respect for materials and embrace things that are natural, sparse and clean.

COLOUR PATTERNS The planting communicates with the colours of this Swedish home, such as the orange roof tiles, as well as white and green in the detailing of the timber façade

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“One of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects is to work , which can make a garden mesmerising, dramatic or fragile, depending on the season”

with the natural light

What do you love most about designing Scandinavian gardens? We have both renowned architecture and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes to work with. It’s a privilege to create gardens that interlink spaces and connect architecture with the landscape. One of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects is working with the natural light, which can make a garden mesmerising, dramatic or fragile, depending on the season.

What are the key plants for a Scandi garden? Light, delicate plants define the Scandinavian planting palette: the airy birch tree with its pure white stem; the bell-shaped, slender Campanula, and the beautiful Scabiosa, which is a thrill to butterflies and bees, are just some examples. These plants can also be found in the wild. Due to the soft natural light in the Nordics, delicate and small plants with pale colour do very well. Ornamental grasses are excellent for creating framework and naturally blending in any composition, mimicking nature.

What do you think people look for when planning a garden in Scandinavia? Scandinavians are very open minded, not afraid of trying new ideas and in tune with – yet selective about – new trends. Today’s gardens get the same attention as the house and in a large area there is room for creativity. Wish-lists often include spaces for entertainment and ways to prolong the seasons, with outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, saunas, swimming pools, kitchen gardens and conservatories in mind. In summer, Scandinavians more or less move outdoors and use the garden endlessly, but there is also a wish to add glory and light during the winter and darkness too.

How does a Scandinavian garden survive the extremes of weather? Planning is key to ensure the right plants and the right materials are put in the best place. Working with natural materials, such as wood and stone, as well as native plants, and knowing your garden – the sheltered and windy spots – is a great start. Execution of work should never be compromised. Survival is not taken for granted, and gardens have to be maintained with persistence and care. We constantly work with unpredicted weather and many seasonal changes. 80


LAZY DAYS With pleasant summers, a swimming pool with a nearby eating area is much used in this garden



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Photpgraphy Annika Zetternan; Anna Staffansson

“Survival is not , and gardens have to be maintained with persistence and care” How important is nature in your garden design? We have always cared for nature, inviting it into our homes and gardens. Gardens in Scandinavia are often large, with many naturally containing a part of wilderness, forest or meadow. Nature is an asset that can be incorporated into the design, such as making use of rocks and boulders. Working with bedrocks and elevations can be challenging but provides unique expressions to the design. With nature in the perimeter of a garden, the arranged space can beautifully and gently fade into the wild as a natural transition. Scandinavia is geographically vast and we live in a part of the world with great openness. This resonates as an invitation to reflection and contemplation. Voids are positive in a designed garden, allowing us to connect to the space, to the landscapes beyond and the sky above.

You talk of soul and atmosphere, how can I make sure my garden has these elements? Treat your space and materials with respect and balance hard and soft landscaping with care. Honour tradition and heritage and strive for authentic expressions by using local materials that naturally look well in your environment. Think of your garden as a place where you are in harmony with nature, where there is rhythm in the hard landscaping and a natural flow of seasonal plants. Pay attention to capture light and winds, scent and sounds, which enable you to grasp the magnitude of what a garden can provide and awaken your senses. This too will help wildlife, your own wellbeing and that of all things living. Follow Annika @zettermangardendesign or visit annikazetterman.com

CHANGING NEEDS Outdoor kitchens, built-in barbecues, pizza ovens, fish smokers and other cooking facilities are increasingly a normal part of our gardens

READ THE BOOK New Nordic Gardens: Scandinavian Landscape Design by Annika Zetterhman (Thames & Hudson, £25)

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Gather around the firepit There’s something so magical and meditative about fire – and a firepit is a wonderful addition to your outdoor space, bringing people together and providing warmth. But you can also get creative and cook over the fire – it’s the perfect end to a gorgeous summer day spent with friends. Rusty Cast Iron Firebowl | £225


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Leini Metal Cooking Dish | £60 Karlo Firepit with Grill | £250 Leini Stainless Steel Skewer Set | £30 Leini Firebowl | £325

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Firepit lamb chops Cooking simple food over the embers of a wood fire in a firepit is a skill that should be learnt by any aspiring outdoor cook SERVES 2 4 lamb chops salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 sprigs rosemary and thyme flat leaf parsley 2 garlic clove Juice of lemon 2 tbsp sea salt extra virgin olive oil 2 anchovy fillets from a can (optional)

To make the herb baste, blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or using a hand blender until you have a coarse paste.

RECOMMENDED HEAT Embers of a silver-birch fire (ensuring the fire has been going for a minimum of 2 hours to build up a thick and even bed of embers)

Season the chops to taste and grill over the embers of the silver-birch fire, searing each side for a few minutes until caramelized. As you turn the chops, brush the hot surface with the herb baste. Check the chops are cooked through to an internal temperature of 60°C (140°F) – you want them to be slightly pink and juicy.

READ THE BOOK Find more delicious firepit cooking recipe ideas in Food and Fire by Marcus Bawdon (Dog ‘n’ Bone Books, £14.99)

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Outdoor furniture Spend this summer like a true Scandinavian with garden furniture that will see you outside from breakfast to lunch, and right through until sundown Reclaimed Teak Dining Table | £1,725 Indoor/Outdoor Chair | £460 Sigrid Outdoor Chair | £850


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Our Scandinavian friends seem to have summer sorted – that leisurely outside-in way of life that really sees gardens as the natural extension of the home. But it’s not just a case of throwing open the doors and spilling outside: you’ll find different zones that function throughout the day. Start with breakfast or brunch sat at a table-and-chair set near to your house – just as the table is often the heart of a Scandi kitchen, so it becomes the same in a Scandi garden. As the day progresses, find time to sit, perhaps for fika, and pause with a garden armchair. If you are tight on space, then look at a bar set, which can be used for breakfast, light lunches and a glass of akvavit post 5pm. SECRET SPOT Set up a corner in the sun where you can escape with a book sat on your favourite garden chair

In your outdoor sofa area, style with plenty of texture, making it the ideal spot to retreat to at the end of the day. Look for LED lighting, candles and lanterns to create your own cosy, hygge-inducing corner.

Indoor/Outdoor High Back Chair | £525 Alta Outdoor Dining Furniture | from £115

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DINE AL FRESCO

Go for chic grey to give a timeless style a contemporary twist

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“Set up for a lazy day with our sunbeds and matching centre storage table – perfect for summer cocktails”

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Relax Sun Lounger Sunbed | £1,149 Sigrid Bar Stool | £299


Bella Chair and Footstool set | £1,695 Sigrid Outdoor Furniture | from £850


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Move your living area outside with a sofa and armchair combination

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Hoorah for summer, with the promise of endless days, warmth on our faces and the joy of being with loved ones again WATCH THE SUN SET

CARRY ON

Add throws, light a firepit and dot lanterns around your outdoor space… there’s no need to hurry inside.

Set aside time in your week to enjoy those hobbies and pleasures that kept you sane last year.

BRING SUMMER IN

KEEP IT RELAXED

Play to your sense of smell, with fresh flowers cut from your garden popped in small bottles and vases.

Be inspired by Scandi summerhouse style, with a decor that works inside and out. Start a moodboard of ideas.

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FIND FOREVER FURNITURE

Make garden parties extra special – use a linen tablecloth, bring out a cake stand and add colour with pretty glassware and tableware.

Buy those pieces crafted with heart in the UK and designed to be loved a lifetime. Our homes have supported us – let’s treat them to a new look.


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